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The Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2018

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The Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2018

The Indian startup ecosystem’s efforts to carve out a leading position among the top economies of the world and to compete with other emerging startup nations merits a comparison on an international scale. Hence, in this report, we have compared the Indian startup ecosystem with its counterparts.

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Key Highlights

Startups such as Swiggy, OYO, and Paytm Mall, among others, achieved the coveted unicorn tag last year. And the deal that created the most buzz in India as well as abroad was Walmart’s acquisition of a whopping 77% stake in India’s largest ecommerce company — Flipkart — for $16 Bn.


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Total Funding Amount


Sector With Maximum Deals


Hub With Maximum Deals

Table Of Contents

  • Scope Of The Report
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction To The Report
  • Indian Tech Startup Funding Overview
  • Stagewise Analysis
  • Business Model Breakdown
  • Sectorwise Analysis
  • Demographic Breakdown
  • Investor Participation In Funding
  • The Game Of Consolidations
  • Top 5 Technologies To Look Out For In 2019
  • India & The Other Startup Ecosystems
  • Indian Startup Ecosystem & Impact
  • Startups & Jobs
  • Impact
  • Roadblocks
  • Predictions For 2019
  • Methodology
  • Bibliography


While ecommerce, fintech, and consumer services emerged as the top funded sectors of 2018, there were some startups that surpassed experts’ expectations. One such startup that left everyone surprised with its superlative growth is B2B ecommerce platform Udaan, which raised a total of $275 Mn in 2018, taking its valuation to $1 Bn and earning it the epithet of the fastest startup to enter the unicorn club in India (it was 26 months old when it achieved the feat).

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